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#Nextchat: The Perception Gap You Can’t Afford to Ignore



Is the experience at your workplace falling short of employee expectations? Do your employees feel they are treated as trusted partners, or are you sending a different message? 

For a report titled The Future of Work, Kronos and Coleman Parkes Research surveyed thousands of employees around the world to find out how everyday processes such as scheduling, performance management and time-off requests are handled—and how their experience at work is impacted by these types of processes.

Sadly, employers may not realize that their policies and procedures are falling short...


Find What Fired Your Passions


“The two most important days in your life are the day that you’re born and the day you find out why.”  ~ Mark Twain


I loved growing up in the 50s and 60s: nurtured by a loving and supportive family, a great neighborhood to play in, and long days filled with music and friends. I used to stay up nights in bed and listen to a transistor radio – the kind you had to clip on metal to get it to work: the words in those songs opened me up...


Reminiscing #SHRM18



2017 was by the far the biggest year yet in my career (we’ll see if this year tops it!). I started my first role as an HR Generalist the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2016. Around this time I also started using Twitter as a professional/HR tool rather than a personal tool. (By personal tool I mean I was solely posting about wedding planning, what I had bought at home goods, what I had eaten that day, etc) Even though the environment I was in as a generalist was really challenging...


5 Reasons Why We Switched To Unlimited Vacation



According to 2015 research from SHRM, less than one percent of employers offer an Unlimited Vacation policy. So, I guess our company is now in the minority.

We recently transitioned from a traditional vacation policy to an Unlimited Vacation policy that pays employees $500 to take vacation.

Why make the switch? Here’s five solid reasons.

Unlimited Vacation Aligns With Our Culture

Trust is at the core of our company. Clients trust us to get them marketing results, and as an employer, we give employees enough freedom to get those...


The Relationship Between Ethics and Sleep Deprivation



I wrote a post recently about students willing to forgo $8,000 in salary to work for an ethical organization. (I hope you’ll check it out when you have a moment.) Well, I came across another statistic about ethics, this one focuses on the relationship between a lack of sleep and unethical conduct.

According to research led by Christopher M. Barnes of Virginia Tech, people who cheated in an experiment had slept an average of 22.39 minutes less the night before than non-cheaters. The study, in which cheaters over...


The Dangers of Loud “Business Talking” in Public



I remember in early days of my career, back in the late 90’s, I was trained to be mindful of business conversations in public.  Working at a Big 5 public accounting firm, we were told that it is best not to speak about business in public.  There were also guidelines given:

  • If you must, keep your voice low so that others cannot hear what you say.
  • Never mention client organization names, nor individual names.  If you refer to someone, only use their first name, never the last.  NEVER complain about
  • ...

New York Times Fires Employee for Bad Tweets on the Day it Announced Her Hiring



At least she didn’t have too many personal belongings to pack up.

(Too soon?) has all the details (here):

The New York Times fired a writer just hours after they had hired her after they learned she had used words like “f*g” and “n****r” in tweets.

On Tuesday, the Times said that it had hired Quinn Norton to be its “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.”

But when the announcement hit Twitter, several users on the social media site pointed out that Norton had a history of


Culture Fit and Rocking the Boat



Firstly, I think HR is the reason why hiring managers care about culture fit when interviewing to bring someone new onto their team. Culture fit is a buzz word I’ve heard coming from the HR department for as long as I can remember, and at almost everywhere I’ve worked. Being in HR, I think culture fit means someone who has/can exhibit the same values as the organization. Integrity, innovation, safety, whatever it may be. During the interview, it is good to ask the interviewee for examples of how they have...